Sarah Kester


Sarah Kester is a reporter at CBC in Ottawa. She can be reached at

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Supply still can't meet demand for children's cold and flu meds ahead of holidays

Supply of children's cold and flu medication has increased in the past couple weeks — including a foreign shipment — but it’s still not enough to meet demand as illness spreads ahead of the holiday season, according to the Ontario Pharmacists Association.

Mask up and get vaccinated because things are going to get worse in January: Etches

Dr. Vera Etches, Ottawa's medical officer of health, said there are things people can do now including masking in crowded public places like grocery stores, airports, and malls and staying home when sick to stop the spread of respiratory viruses. 

Restaurants hope plan for 'SoPa' district brings people back downtown

Downtown restaurants are hoping to attract tourists and Ottawans alike by creating a new district called SoPa. Plans are still in the works, with a launch date in early January.

Restaurants, caterers overwhelmed by holiday event requests

Restaurants and caterers in Ottawa say they can't meet this year's demand as companies bring back in-person holiday parties.

Ottawa team likely in new pro women's soccer league, expert says

A new Canadian professional women's soccer league plans to establish at least one team in Ontario. One expert says the nation's capital should field one of the eight teams when the league launches in a few years.

Hockey Eastern Ontario had 3rd most discrimination penalties in Canada

A Hockey Canada report released last week showed 512 penalties for discrimination were called by officials across the country in 2021-22, and 71 of them were from Hockey Eastern Ontario — the third-most of any association in Canada.

Vanier celebrates 'massive milestone' as Montreal Road reopens

The $64-million project spans from North River Road to St. Laurent Boulevard and involves a complete revitalization of the street, with 900 metres of buried hydro lines plus new sewers, water mains and storm drains. 

Petition calls for action after teen beaten near high school

The petition is in response to a video, which first appeared on social media late last week, showing a Gloucester High School student being pushed to the ground and kicked by a number of teens. 

Little surprise in Pierre Poilievre's riding at Conservative leadership win

The Carleton MP won decisively on the first ballot, putting the right-wing populist politician in a strong position to lead a united party into the next federal election.

College ward residents surprised, relieved that Rick Chiarelli isn't running again

Rick Chiarelli had his pay suspended for 450 days last year after an investigation by Ottawa's integrity commissioner found he'd behaved inappropriately toward staffers and job applicants. Now he's not running for council — much to the relief of several residents in College ward.